Chuck Mason


Chuck Mason

A challenging position for a concern in need of critical technical expertise.

Professional Summary
6/12 – 11/12
Senior Network Technician III The Computer Merchant

    12/00 – 6/12

Responsible for Cisco data network, consisting of 2 Catalyst 6509 and 37 workgroup switches, 3 routers, and 1 Juniper Firewall. Hands-on Avaya Definity Telephone system. Inventory Control, SNMP, UPS, AD, Lotus Notes 8.5. Used Visio 2007 to document network, fiber, copper, racks, pbx, connectivity, etc.

Director, Information Systems Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Vienna, VA

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Took Wolf Trap Foundation from an unpatched, non-compliant, non-secure network with rampant uncontrolled viruses located in a small kitchen-pantry and with nonsecured and loose connections to a campus-wide solution that is fully integrated, incorporating servers, MACs, PCs, AD, telephone system, retail boxoffice system, security, fundraising, point of sale, and guest worker wireless, and which provided a secure, PCI-DSS compliant computing environment for 7000 patrons nightly, all artists, and 165 Foundation, NPS, and Internship employees. Responsibilities: Hands-on Information Systems department head in Academic and Performing Arts Organization with operating budget of over $17 million. Responsible for design and overall operation of Network, Servers, Telephony, Security, Antivirus, Applications, and Helpdesk. Reported directly to SVP on all matters. Developed and maintained standard operating procedures, budget ($150K annually), procurement, DRP, security, etc. Installed and managed Windows NT/2000/2003 Active Directory, WINS, IIS, DHCP, DNS, SQL 2000 SE/2005EE, Citrix Presentation Server, etc. Successfully managed resolution of over 43,000 work orders. Hands-on: MS Exchange 5.5/2000ST/2003EE/2007EE, Abra Payroll/HR, Macola G/L, Internet, and maintained legacy systems for dynamic performing arts venue with international stature in a national park setting. Designed and developed long-term, stable, and secure solution for with Savvis Webhost and their Content Delivery Network. Coordinated security of LAN/WAN and web host with Firewall, security patches, virus protection, SPAM filter, NAT, etc. Designed complete voice and data infrastructure for new Center for Education and Wolf Trap National Park campus. Replaced old, multi-vendor 10base-T hub and switch network with a layer-3 switching from Extreme Networks. Installed and configured guest worker wireless using Meru Networks. Leveraged Data Network and Wireless Network for VoIP and Wireless VoIP. Connected two sides of the campus that was split by the Dulles Toll Road by using Microwave radios from Tessco and Dascom.

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Designed concessions operation using MS RMS, Retail Realm, PC Charge for 23 lanes. The second generation registers were refurbished from eBay which facilitated a lifecyle extension and system response improvement for all cashiers while maintenance contracts were not approved. Achieved and maintained PCI-DSS compliance on Sonicwall firewall exposures. Served as Chairman of the Technology Committee in a non-profit organization focused on STEM. Improvised and was quite creative in working with tight nonprofit IT budgets in difficult economic conditions, delivering required solutions on time and under budget. Instrumental in acquiring software, software assurance, and elearning grants of over $2.2M from Microsoft Large Software Grant division. Initiated and received TOP grant equipment donations of over $350,000.00. Built servers myself in cost-containment effort. In many cases, these servers were purchased from eBay in parts. Presented at and participated in Strategic Planning, Business Continuity, and other internal meetings and conferences. Motivated and creative problem-solver with expertise, knowledge, and extensive experience in all levels of technical support and team leadership. Managed all IT Staff, with 3 employees reporting to me. Trained 150 Foundation Staff and 15 National Park Service Staff. Published Standard Operating Procedure manual, Information Systems Disaster Recovery Plan, Developing internal CRM for IT dept. and our customers.


Network Control Center Manager American Management Systems Fairfax, VA

     1/95 - 2/97

Responsible for global network, DNS management, and IP address management. Developed and implemented centralized procurement, monitoring, reporting, testing, and various other procedures to run central helpdesk operation for 9000 users. Took Operation from 9-5 to 24x7 hours and developed an entrylevel team into skilled 2nd level technical support. Used HP Openview, Lotus Notesview, Candle’s IntelliWatch, to centrally monitor 150+ Lotus Notes/Domino servers R4.6.5 and R5, 115 T-1s, 120 Novell File Servers, Routers, Firewalls. Installed and managed Windows 2000, NT 4.0SP6a, WINS, IIS, DHCP, SMS 2.0, SQL 7.0, etc. Maintained central cc:Mail for 9000 employees while migrating to Lotus Notes. Coordinated mail exchange among Lotus Notes, cc:Mail, and the Internet. Provided senior-level support, team leadership, and training for helpdesk staff.

Network Administrator Mitel Herndon, VA

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Handled startup, installation, configuration, integration, administration, and maintenance of a large voice, data, and video network for a leading global telecommunications firm. Managed explosive network growth from 0 to 350+ users in one year’s time. Provided critical NT, Novell, UNIX, voice, video, and CTI solutions. Provided remote access solutions for the mobile user with on-call support for all times zones. Provided sales force automation, direct Internet access, corporate Intranet access, Lotus Notes, and many other challenging solutions for mission critical needs such as Computer Telephony Integration.

     10/89 - 1/95

Handled maintenance for all desktop PCs and laptops running WFW/MS Office/cc:Mail. Handled the migration and conversion to Win95/Office95. Managed successful cc:Mail to Lotus Notes migration. Provided Lotus Notes administration, support, and training. Held weekly training sessions for all employees to maximize efficiency, productivity, and proper usage of corporate assets. Developed US helpdesk, work order/problem tracking system, DRP, wireplan, and other procedures.

Network Technician Atlantic Mutual Insurance Companies Atlantic Mutual Roanoke, VA

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Provided high volume telephone/hands-on support for over 50 locations, with strong problem solving skills. Provided advanced technical support in a helpdesk environment. Performed on-site hardware and software support for multi-user, multiworkstation sites. Provided on-call after-hours and weekend support via remote paging, including on-site emergency service. Regularly defused customer complaints and personnel disputes, with a consistent record of progress. Trained 200+ clients’ staff at more than 50 sites, including staff, management, and ownership. Subjects ranged from MIS professionals to absolute beginners, in many different settings. Trained and supported individuals on commercial software packages, such as WordPerfect and Lotus 123. Dispatched on site to provide technical operations management during office expansion and relocation. Gained extensive knowledge and experience in DOS, Windows, and various other operating systems. Experienced team member willing to take the initiative to act independently in crisis situations.

Lab Technician Valcom Roanoke, VA

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Constructed, tested, and modified prototypes of digital and analog circuitry. Breadboard and test of design. Worked extensively in a telecommunications research and development environment. Position required the ability to move project from initial design to final production. Project: Motorola ISDN

6/86 - 2/89

Electronics Technician Copy Van Roanoke, VA

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Experienced in the installation, configuration, and diagnosis to the board level of most IBM clones. Diagnosed and repaired office equipment including, but not limited to, word processors, printers, typewriters, and facsimile machines. Developed ability to work and make independent decisions in a highly visible and client-oriented industry.

Education and Training
     University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science, Information Technology, GPA 4.0, 2003. Corinthian College, Everest Campus, 803 Diligence Drive, Newport News, Virginia, Information Technology, 1986. Learning Tree, Securing Windows Server Learning Tree, TCP/IP Learning Tree, Windows Server Active Directory Planning and Migration

Personal Highlights
    National Public Radio interview Good Morning America interview New York Times interview Assisted with network installation at Washington Nationals Stadium 2008

Professional Affiliations
  Member of Advisory Board, School of Information Technology, ITT Technical Institute Chantilly, Virginia. Member of Wolf Trap Task Force on Arts and the Environment, Wolf Trap Foundation, Vienna, Virginia.

   Bob Henley, Director, Cloud Services, Dascom Systems Group, 410-707-3113, Greg Thomas, Sr. Network Engineer, East Coast USA- Mitel, 350 Legget Dr, Kanata ON, K2K 2W7, 301-419-2727 x14525, Roman Gruzdev, CEO, Sequentur LLC, 5515 Cherokee Ave, Alexandria, VA, 22312 703-260-1119,

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